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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Frames,Quilt Blocks, and WWW...

I love old quilts! I have several single quilt blocks that I've gathered over the years. I've picked them up at flea markets and antique stores, and a few at the TS. It feels a little sad to see part of someone's unfinished quilt, and I wonder what happened to the rest, and why it wasn't completed. So they always have to come home with me if they are reasonably priced. I finally decided to do something with them. This week I've been on the hunt for some square picture frames. Any excuse to go to a thrift store, right? I managed to find just one frame out of 4 stores, but it was the right size for my favorite block, the red basket. It was hard to get a good photo with the glass and the gloomy weather-it's a nice deep red, and the white parts are naturally aged to perfection! I found this block in an antique store in Lebanon Ohio, nearly 20 years ago. My husband and I spent a Sunday afternoon there, having lunch and browsing the antique stores. We didn't have much extra money then, so after a nice lunch, that little red block was probably all I could afford that day. Everything was so expensive, but I have the best memories of that day. It's a shame that it's taken SO long for me to do something with it. These will all go in my guest room. The simple nine patch blocks are pretty sturdy, so I may make them into throw pillows for the bed . I don't know the name of the other one, but it's really well done and aged so nicely too.


I was also able to finish up a cross stitch  that I've been working on. It's just aida cloth, so it went pretty quickly. I'm learning to stitch on linen, and it's really difficult for me and my old eyes! Not sure what's up with my camera today-it's making all the reds too bright. This is really much more rusty and subtle.


I'm looking for a frame to prim up for it as well. So that's about it from me.I've been busy with cleaning, organizing and general house stuff, so not a lot of creative time. Please be sure to check in with Leslie at My Country Home to see what everyone else is up to!
Have a lovely week!

~Katherine

2 comments:

Pam said...

I love your quilt blocks! I have to admit that everytime I hit the ts I have to pic up a picture frame or 2...it's an obsession or something! I love doing stitcheries & putting them in the madeover frames...an easy way to make a wall hanging! You did an awesome job on your cross stitch...thanks for sharing!
Hugs,
Pam

LeeHillPrimitives said...

Everything looks awesome, Love your quilts !